Game Changers Internship - Hilton Hotel (Part II)
posted by Snehthemba Madlala on 24 October 2014

It was such a nice journey and a good experience at Hilton Durban and I’ve gained a lot. The moment I got inside the Hilton’s environment, it was like I’m in a paradise. It was such a fortunate for me to see the place I’m going to work in. On that first day, I went to training whereby I got to learn more about the Hilton. I got to know the rules of Hilton. Besides the training, I got to experience the breeze and the food of Hilton which is so amazing. It is such a blessing to see the people you going to work with how welcoming and friendly they are and you get to tell yourself that you will definitely feel like this is your home. The most amazing moment I got in that place was meeting the people whom I know them only on Television and seeing their real characters. The kind if jobs that I learnt was being a waitress and the good thing about it is that you get tips from the guests although most of the guests are little bit stingy but you used to it. The other thing that I learnt was to work on a switchboard which was the best experience in my life.

Game Changers Internship - Edendale Hospital (Part I)
posted by Andile Ngubo on 22 October 2014
Andile and Rusha at the Research Unit of Edendale Hospital
Andile and Rusha at the Research Unit of Edendale Hospital

My name is Andile Ngubo who interned at Research Unit in Edendale hospital and was under the supervisor Rusha Govender, who’s a Research Psychologist at the research unit conducting research on male medical circumcision, and also working with WhizzKids United with stats and along with Phindile who’s a Data Capturer at WhizzKids United.

During my placement here at the Edendale hospital on my first day I started out with my supervisor showing me around the hospital and the different places which she works with, including male medical centre (where circumcision takes place), the doctor in charge of her research (Dr. Wilson) which was cool and how she basically moves the cheques for her study. She showed me how to appropriately conducted myself in an internship yeah that was something else but I believe I understand it better. My basic day to day work included working with the MMC worksheets and uploading them onto a Excel spreadsheet, I had an office and got to use a lap-top which was nice because I had most interns do not get such opportunities but all was appreciated.

Other things which I did were assisting Phindile with the Academy Stats and also helping Prudence and Vuyo at the front desk from time to time but that’s about it, I got to understand more about the academy and the different jobs that are done here. The fun part was that I understood how the stats are compiled and used, mostly because it was a challenge.

Filling up my jam jar!
posted by Amelie Jaquet on 21 October 2014
Amelie with the Siyakhona group
Amelie with the Siyakhona group

I used to say that I have an obsession with those “jam -jar -moments”.

Which basically means that you try to put special, unique moments you’ve had in little jam jars in your head so that you can open them again when you are stuck or having hard/boring/complicated times, to make yourself feel better. It works pretty well.

You can fill whole shelves with these jam jar moments and collect them like stamps.

These moments are where you remember the angle of the light, the temperature, the smell in the air, the people arround you, the sounds you hear, the taste you have in your mouth, the whole athmosphere is perfect.

There are times in life when time seems to fly.

Mostly these times are your very best moments, the type that give you butterflies when you think about them, the ones that changed your life in the best way, the ones that makes you another person, times you’ll never ever forget.

I don’t know why your best times seem to fly faster than those “other” ones, but it’s a simple fact.Since I’ve been with WhizzKids United it has been one massive “jam –jar –moment”.

I just have a couple days left until I fly back home to Germany and I have been here in South Africa, with WKU for the last 6 months this has been most exiting 6 month of my whole life.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this time more than anything I have done before. I’ve learned not just about the country itself (which was one of my aims) but I also learned much about myself which is priceless.

I don’t know if I’ve changed, and if so in what ways and how much but I guess I will realize that when I am back home. I think in terms of speaking English I have improved, not necesarily in using special vocabulary but by not overthinking and being able to just keep talking. I also noticed that I managed to handle my shyness much better than before and althouh i haven’t gotten rid of it completely, working at WhizzKids United has made me more confident than I used to be.

I guess this is because I got given responsibility. Lots of responsibility. So much that I was really overwhelmed in the beginning but I had no other chance to somehow deal with my fears and that was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.

I ran 3 times a week a Yoga Session and I became the leader of the Siyakhona Project.

And it makes me happy and proud to say that I did all of that on my own.

I planned, I organised, I taught all by myself and that is an awsome feeling.

I loved working with the WKU staff, they’ve been very welcoming, warm hearted and open minded, which made it an even greater experience. All in all I am glad to be part of WhizzKids United, to make something happen, to support a organisation i really believe in.

I would definetely do it again, anytime!

Five weeks with the GameChangers
posted by Friederike Moeller on 5 September 2014
Friederike with the GameChangers
Friederike with the GameChangers

Hello, my name is Friederike. I am a German student and I came to South Africa for an exchange semester to study Humanities at the UKZN in Pietermaritzburg. After I finished my semester I wanted to stay and I wished to experience something else than the campus life.

A friend recommended WhizzKids United to me and so it happened that I stood in front of Stefan introducing myself and asking for the chance to volunteer for a couple of weeks. I got involved with the programme called “Game Changers”. I was helping out with teaching as well as with preparing and evaluating the lessons.

I enjoyed the work a lot because it was fun to think of different exercises to develop skills like presenting, summarising, discussing or mediating. It was an awesome feeling to see how the Game Changers grew during the classes and how they could improve their skills when we repeated the exercises again and again. In the classes I could be very creative to find different ways to support the interaction between the Game Changers but also to support the individuals themselves at the same time. Game Changers is a great project because individual care of the learners is taken. It was always possible to stay flexible in the classroom and to enhance the basic lessons with exercises the learners wished for. I could come up with specific trainings if I saw a need for them when the learners lacked a certain skill in a former exercise.

I learnt a lot myself, too. I have now a deeper understanding of the Edendale community, its needs and the education system here. It was not always easy to explain facts, motivate the class and push the learners to finish the tasks in time. Nevertheless I am very thankful that the Game Changers respected my way of teaching and were patient to understand my accent. I am very proud of their work so far and hope they will all have very good experiences in their internships. I will miss them and the work with them a lot as well as all the great staff members of the Health Academy who welcomed me in this typical African warm-hearted way. I will also miss to watch children having fun on the football pitch after school. But I will keep the positive energy of WhizzKids United and bring it back with me to Germany.

A New Henrike
posted by Henrike Heierberg on 12 August 2014

I can´t remember what it was like to explore the world for the first time when I was a baby, but I guess that I have learnt nearly as much in the past eight months as I did in my first year of life. Working for WhizzKids United has taught me a lot.

Firstly, I got to know myself better. Through interactions with my colleagues I was shown where my strengths and weaknesses are, which means a lot to me as it helped me to make use of my strengths, improve my weaknesses and use them to grow as a person. The Henrike who will go back to her home in Germany in September will be a different one than the one who came to South Africa in December.

Secondly, I could not have chosen a better country than South Africa to volunteer in. The diversity of this country has impressed me. Sure I have found some things difficult: I have often struggled with situations where racial differences were obvious, but still, many times I was also impressed by the society. Having so many groups with such different cultural backgrounds in the same place, working together can be challenging; yet, you guys manage well. I will take this mindset back to Germany and show my friends there how it can work. It is definitely one aspect where I see a need for action in my home country. The German society could learn a lot from South Africans.

Finally I noticed how important it is to me to have a direct impact on the community with my work. Having the chance to support WhizzKids United´s achievements in Edendale makes me grateful. I haven´t got in contact with most of our clients, but the few I got to know are enough. I can see how much they can gain from both our health services and all the other activities which empower the youth. By coming to WhizzKids the adolescents can be helped, have fun and grow.

That´s what I enjoyed most about volunteering for this great organization.

Even though my time in KwaZulu Natal is limited, my biggest wish is to stay involved with WhizzKids and keep supporting my colleagues to give Edendale´s youth a brighter future.

Nontobeko Zuma- Game Changer!
posted by Osaebea Amoako on 21 July 2014
Nontobeko Zuma- GAME CHANGER!
Nontobeko Zuma- GAME CHANGER!

I am Nontobeko Zuma. I am an enthusiastic, fun, approachable and adaptable young woman.

Before I attended Game Changers (A programme for young people between the ages of 18-24 that supports them with skills for the job market), I was a graduate looking for work experience and who lacked the financial resources to further my studies. I heard about Game Changers and applied immediately. During the application process I was called for a two day interview. Day two of the interview process was based on teamwork and creative thinking. Through the interview process and all the challenges, I was fortunate enough to be selected onto the programme.

Having been through the Game Changer programme, I currently support the WhizzKids United Girls Football Team as an administrator and liaise between players, management and the other teams. By being part of this team, I have acquired various skills, for example, planning for football matches, writing monthly reports, providing weekly feedback to management and booking and organising transport for game days. I am also at present attending driving lessons because I know that it would increase my chances of finding employment.

Going forward, I hope to learn as much as I can while being part of WhizzKids United. Game Changers helped me to identify skills relevant to the work that I am doing now.

Things I would love to experience in Brazil
posted by Sphesihle Dlamini on 24 June 2014

The things I would love to experience or have knowledge of when I am in Brazil is to learn some of their language, their culture and the way they do things like rituals and traditions. I would also like to experience how they keep life moving, the hustle and bustle of life there. I want to learn how they spend time together and how they play their sports such as football. I heard that football is the best sport in Brazil and in Brazil, children start preparing for professional football at the age of 9!

I heard there is a beautiful stadium in Brazil called Marracana Stadium. I would like to see it by my eyesand touch it by my hands and I would like to learn what food they eat is Brazil and there is a mountain called Sugar Loaf Mountain which I would like to see.

Learning all these things I have mentioned will help me get to know more about Brazil!

Yeah neh! I am going to Brazil to represent South Africa, our country!
posted by Xolani Molefe on 24 June 2014

Yeah neh! I am going to Brazil to represent South Africa, our country! Even though South Africa did not qualify for the world cup, but I will be there. I am going to learn a lot of new and different things in Brazil even though I am not sure what yet. I will meet and play against people from 32 different nations!

The only thing I am sure about is that we all know that Brazil is a popular country when it comes to football, they produced quality players like Ronaldinho , the king of football. Since I am a footballer as well, I know that I will learn a lot more about football in Brazil.

Yeah neh! We will have fun there and I am 100% sure we will win the tournament no matter what!

I am going to Brazil!!!!
posted by Sanelisiwe Mthembu on 24 June 2014

It is quite a great honour and an experience of a lifetime, you know! Getting to visit another country, especially a country like Brazil, getting to go to a famous city like Rio de Janeiro, it is AMAZING!

I look forward to seeing how their life differs from ours here in South Africa. I also want to learn about other countries while I am there and I hope to teach them a bit about South Africa too.

I am going to make lots of friends when I get there. I hope that they will treat me with respect because I will give them all the respect I possibly can. I want to come back with an experience and football skills that I will teach my fellow peers.

When they ask me how my trip was, I know there will be a lot of answers because I would have learnt a lot!

Words cannot express the emotion within me
posted by Fisani Mtambo on 23 June 2014

At times it feels like a nightmare that I may wake up and find that this was all a dream, but in reality it is not!

Being as young as I am it is very rare to actually travel outside your country AND to represent the whole of South Africa in Brazil. It makes me wonder and search for what is so special about me, but at the same time it is an enormous feeling knowing that out of many young people, I was selected. I am so pround of my dedication and determination

I hope that Brazil will accept us for who we are and be warm, loving and welcoming. We are going to be in a big city in a big country so I think a lot about safety and crime and health but I believe that it will be okay. We are all from different countries and love, trust and respect will grow from all of us.

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